Slovakia is right in the centre of Europe.
A beautiful country, we drove through the pretty rolling countryside in the south and west. The road surfaces on the minor roads were a bit rough in places, but we had no problems getting round.
The capital, Bratislava, is one of the jewels of Europe. Its beautiful and grand historic centre is easy to walk around, and very vibrant thanks to its artistic and student communities.
And it has a UFO on one of its bridges over the Danube – honestly!
No the Martians have not landed. The “flying saucer” viewing platform is part of the Most SNP bridge built in 1972. You can even have a beer in the (expensive) bar at the top.
Our stay in the small spa town of Dudince, a place we’d never heard of before we arrived, demonstrated that everywhere has its own unique story to tell. The hot springs there have been healing people since Roman times.
The effects of the local thermal water were known as early as the Roman era when 32 Roman baths were carved here into the travertine rock.
Here, we offer some basic information about the places we stayed in Slovakia, as well as a personal opinion or two.
The prices are the ones we paid (using our ACSI discount in Dudince), and may not necessarily be available in the future. ‘All services included’ means you don’t have to pay any extra for electricity, wifi or showers – though almost everywhere charges extra for their washing machines.
Eco Camping Leo, Dudince
Please note: you don’t currently get much information from the website apart from the address and phone number.
N 48.170278, E 18.876944.
€20 per night – all services included.
This is a small site on the edge of a spa town.
When we were there, the main part of the site was occupied by a group of Irish families who seemed to be working in the area, leaving only the rather bumpy grassy section for motorhomes.
The owners were very pleasant, though, and the current toilet/shower block, located in an old house, was fine. We were told that a new toilet block is being built for next year (2018).
But at €20 a night after ACSI discount, it’s probably somewhat overpriced.
The town is well worth a visit, with its fascinating history as a spa town built up during the 1950s under the Communist regime, and the hotels where guests can take the waters are still there.
There are shops and restaurants within 10 minutes’ walk of the site.
Danube car park, Bratislava
N 48.13621, E 17.11528.
Free – bins available; no services.
In the capital we stayed for two nights at a large car park right on the banks of the Danube, with an incredible view over to the castle and the old town.
Though busy during the day, and close to several bars and restaurants, it felt perfectly safe place.
We were a bit concerned about the noise from a party on a floating bar tethered nearby, but it stopped at 11pm and we had no trouble from any of the revellers.
A walk of 10-20 minutes over one of the two nearby bridges – including the UFO one – takes you into the heart of the city centre – one of the finest in Europe.
All in all, probably one of the best places we’ve stayed at during the entire trip. And it is free!
- Slovakia used to be one half of Czechoslovakia, but is now an independent, lively country with great rural areas, and a compelling capital city. Well worth a visit. Find out more here
- Bratislava is one of the prettiest capitals in Europe. Its historic city centre is compelling, it sits on the Danube and is only a few kilometres from Austria. A great place to spend a few days, or even a few hours if you’re in a rush
- Check out our images of Slovakia and the other 19 countries we have visited so far in our van.
- Enjoy a beer a few hundred feet in the air at the bar on the Most SNP bridge
- Immerse yourself in the spas at Dudince